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Concert review – Matthew Bason 24th July 2017
Our concert of the 24th July 2017 was the first with the new start time of 7.45pm, at least that was the intention. There had been an accident on the nearby A12 with the road effectively blocked all the way to Chelmsford, diverted traffic was then passing outside the hall. The audience was arriving for the night’s performance yet there was no Matthew Bason! To the relief of all though he did appear after an extensive diversion and the concert started only five minutes later than intended.
Multi talented Matthew gave us a taste of his “One-Man Musical Variety Show”. During the evening he not only played the Roland atelier AT350 punctuated with his own brand of humour, but a Yamaha piano, the accordion and we listened to his excellent singing voice. Matthews rendition of bring him home brought part of the audience to their feet. Mathew introduced differing stiles into his music; we heard music played on his Roland emulating a Hammond, a selection of gospel music, Classical, orchestral, and film music, to mention a few.
Matthew introduced us to Helga whom he produced form a suitcase, Helga the Piano accordion. On Helga he played for us his Brexit medley collection each piece relating to an EU country. The medley included, Tulips from Amsterdam, O soli Mio, amongst others.
Amongst just some of the music played by Matthew were. Blue tango, blue waltz, blue bossa, Misty, Amazing Grace, I’m all shook up, lets twist again like we did last summer, Brahms lullaby, 12th street rag, A selection from Abba including, Dancing queen, Mama Mia, tragedy, and thank you for the music. Other pieces included, the Rudetzky March. Hebrew slaves, Duke Ellington’s Caravan, River Kwai march, Bring him home, A homage to Dean Martin (who would have been 100 this year) included among others, Every body needs somebody, and sway. We also heard, somewhere over the rainbow, all the things you are, and Circus Renz.
Matthew’s “One-Man Musical Variety show” certainly fulfilled its promise of variety and was well applauded.
Matthew’s Roland Atelier AT350 and Yamaha Piano
Matthew Bason’s performance career commenced in 1994; he worked at a variety of venues as both a pianist and organist. His initial solo recital of 1994 was at, Hadlow Down, East Sussex.
Mathew was both working and a student of Reading University, graduating with a B.A. (Ed) Honours degree in Music and Education in 2002.
Matthews’s reputation has become international; he has performed in mainland Europe, U.S.A., and Canada. The rest of his time is devoted to teaching and performing across the U.K
1994 to 2004 he was Resident Pianist at Sopwell House, St. Albans, where he played as a solo jazz pianist.
2000 to 2003 he was Resident Musician at Ashorne Hall, Warwick, where he played the Compton and Wurlitzer Theatre Organs, Piano and Yamaha HX-1, as part of the “Mighty Cinema Organ Show”
Matthew held residencies as a pianist and piano-vocalist at variety of venues over a period of six years in Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, concluding with The Savoy, Rubens and Connaught Hotels in London
In 2005, Matthew produced the “One-Man Musical Variety Shows”. These shows were performed on a Roland AT350c Organ, Yamaha P105 Piano, Weiltmeister Accordion and Vocals. The shows continue to travel around the U.K. for both private and public audiences.
In May 2014, Matthew became the concert artiste and demonstrator for Allen Organs U.K. He launched the new Q315T organ at the Blackpool Organ and Keyboard Festival.
In September 2015, Matthew joined a team of organists at ‘The Scarborough Fair Collection’; there he entertains visitors to the museum collection on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ.
Beside his organ music, Matthew is pianist in the jazz quartet “JazzEssence” and jazz band “Lula Jazz”. He is also Organist of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Wellingborough.
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